If you had a real Christmas tree this year, you can recycle it at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. Naturalist Leah Eden is with the Department of Conservation…
Eden says nearly 100 trees were recycled last year. All decorations should be removed from the tree, including the stand, before you take it to the drop off point. Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is off Highway 165 south of Branson next to Table Rock Dam. Signs will direct you to the drop off at the boat ramp. Trees can be recycled until January 10th. For more information, contact the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery at 417-334-4865, extension 0.
For those of you in Arkansas, you can take you old Christmas tree to any Corps of Engineers boat ramp on Norfolk or Bull Shoals Lakes and deposit them to the side, being careful not to block the ramp and parking areas. All trees should be real, not artificial, and must be free of ornaments and tinsel to prevent harm to fish. The trees will then be available for anyone interested in using them to provide shelter for fish and serve as attractors for recreational fishing. Anyone wanting to use these trees is welcome to pick them up to sink as fish cover. Any unclaimed trees wil be sunk by Corps of Engineers personnel at a later date.
If you have any questions regarding this program, contact Natural Resource Specialist Ty Fowler by calling 870-425-2700 Ext. 1433.